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March 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of TED, talks that challenge fascinating people to give the speech of their lives in 18 minutes or less. (TED stands for technology, entertainment, and design.) While TED began as a conference, the Internet now allows anyone to access these thought-provoking works of public-speaking art -- from Bono discussing why eradicating extreme poverty doesn’t have to be a dream to Ken Robinson explaining how schools kill creativity.
It is not just the subject matter, however, that is informative. Seeing how great speakers construct their presentations can provide assistance for anyone looking to improve his or her own ability.
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From accidentally falling back asleep to needing to shovel one’s car out of snow, employees have a variety of reasons for showing up late to work. While some employers understand that occasionally “stuff happens,” others aren’t so forgiving. A new study by CareerBuilder found that 48 percent of employers expect their employees to be on time every day, 34 percent allow lateness once in a while as long as it doesn’t become a pattern, and 18 percent don’t care about time as long as work gets done well.
How often do employees run late? About a quarter of respondents admit to averaging at least once...Read More »
We know many of you are seeking a new (or better) job, so to help you uncover valuable opportunities, we'll be spotlighting a job of the week. This week, we’re featuring an opportunity for a senior administrative assistant for media and external affairs at the World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading conservation organization whose recent efforts have included work to help protect Monarch butterflies.
Based in Washington, D.C., this position involves answering and directing phone calls, greeting visitors, and handling a variety of requests from staff, members, donors, and the general public. Also arranges meetings and makes appointments for supervisor(s) and staff, in addition to answering complex inquiries requiring detailed knowledge of departmental procedures.
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- The Best and Worst Times to Do Things at Work [Washington Post]
- The Employee’s Guide to Office Décor Done Right [Career Realism]
- How Diversity in Your Career Can Get You Hired [Glass Door]
- Simple Ways to Have a More Productive Day [Lifehack]
- Are You Guilty of These Three Big Passion Mistakes? [US News]
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During the Olympics, P&G has been running spots in which athletes express gratitude for the support of their mothers. While parents playing an active role in their children’s lives is by no means a new concept, these ads seem to reflect the noticeable trend of parents of Millennials being involved longer and more intricately than in generations past. And it’s not just in sports -- the CEO of PepsiCo has admitted to calling the mother of a desired job candidate to sell her on the company and also has written letters to employees’ parents to thank them “for the gift of your child.”
Might it be harmful to employers, however, for young adults to have such involved...Read More »
Ever feel that your mind is swirling with tons of little (and not so little) things to remember, do, and think about? Just as a messy desk can slow you down and make you feel overwhelmed, so too can a cluttered brain. To combat the problem, Certified Professional Organizer Tamara Myles – author of The Secret to Peak Productivity: A Simple Guide to Reaching Your Personal Best – suggests doing a brain dump.
“Write down everything you can think of that is weighing you down and causing you stress,” Myles says. “That includes anything you have to do: projects, tasks, little things, big things, personal things, birthdays, anniversaries, medical appointments, work things, family things, educational...Read More »
In order to achieve a level of success in your career, you have to have a clear idea of where you want to go—and how you will get there. This gives you a way to focus your efforts and create a roadmap of the path you need to take as the quickest route to reach your destination.
You may have a vague idea of where you want to go—say, in the form of your dream job—but that’s not very helpful because it doesn’t give you any sense of direction as to where you should go from here. Instead, you need a system for establishing tangible, useful goals.
This article recommends you use the popular SMART method, which is commonly used by large corporations and...Read More »
- Study: Most Employees Don’t Want an Office Romance [Mashable]
- Breaking Free from a Miserable Job [Lifehack]
- 15 Qualities That Will Get You Hired [Glass Door]
- Use This Negotiation Technique to Get Better Hours at Work [Lifehacker]
- 7 Tips to Ace a Phone Interview [US News]
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Think you have a killer resume? Chances are yours looks skimpy in comparison to Barbie’s. According to her website, the doll has had more than 130 careers over the years. Starting as a teen model back in 1959, she later went on to hold positions such as surgeon, astronaut, chef, and presidential candidate (not to mention American Idol winner, too).
Barbie first entered office life in 1963 as a “Career Girl” (picture above) dressed in a grey tweed suit with matching hat. In 1985, she became a “Business Executive” and updated her outfit for that role several times in the 1990s (her gadgets became increasingly cooler as well). Now, however, she is ready to go even further in the corporate world....Read More »
While medal-winning athletes may be the top attention-getters at the Olympics, most give a great deal of credit to their coaches. So important is this role that the U.S. Olympic Committee came up with The Order of Ikkos, a special medal that each U.S. Olympic or Paralympic medalist can present to his or her coach to acknowledge the person’s contribution to achieving world-class success. (Ikkos is the first recorded Olympic coach in Ancient Greece.)
Athletes may be expected to have a coach, but people in “regular” careers often think of one as a luxury. Some people, however, find employing one to be money well spent. A professional can help a worker pinpoint...Read More »
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